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Congratulations to Lynn Osmond, CAF President – 20 Years of Growth!

Photo: L to R: Desiree Rodgers, Holly Agra, Lynn Osmond

Posted on December 13, 2016

Lynn Osmond, a native of St. Catharine’s, Ontario, has been guiding the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) through tremendous 20 years of growth and global visibility. Lynn was recruited from Sacramento, California where she led the Sacramento Symphony as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic in her early career. As Lynn became studied and acquainted with the world of architecture and more specifically, Chicago’s important place within the world, she quickly assumed title of honorary member of the American Institute of Architecture. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lynn Osmond has been a leader of great inspiration to many City of Chicago students, as CAF works to inspire and educate the next generation of Chicago architects.

Shortly following Lynn’s arrival to Chicago she quickly came to know life on the Chicago River. CAF has been and remains an important collaborative partner in the world-renowned Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. Lynn’s team along with the owners of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises watched the River Cruise fleet grow from one vessel in 1993 to a fleet of five vessels carrying hundreds of thousands of River Cruise patrons in 2016. As proud mentors of the more than 100 CAF-trained and certified River Cruise Docents, the Chicago Architecture Foundation under Lynn’s leadership represents the largest all volunteer troop of docents guiding thousands of tours annually in more than 100 different areas of interest around Chicago architecture.

Most notably, Lynn Osmond fulfilled two important legacies for CAF. First, she led her team of curators to design and build a City of Chicago model allowing millions of visitors to see and understand Chicago’s built environment. Secondly, under Lynn’s direction and experience, her team executed one of the largest architecture festivals in the world, Open House Chicago, held each fall where thousands of residents and visitors are invited for 48-hours to step inside many of Chicago’s most beloved and interesting architectural wonders not normally open to the public.

As we look forward to sailing into our 25th year as partners with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers a hearty congratulations and thank you to Lynn Osmond, President of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.